οὕτως (In This Way - In This Manner) Christs Doctrine

  οὕτως is a greek word and is pronounced " houtó and houtós" Another way to to understand the meaning in our Mormon vernacular is " on this wise " or in other modern comprehension; …what proceeds or follows from this -  after that, or after (in) this manner, as, even (so), for all that, like(-wise), no more than this, on this fashion (-wise), so (in like manner, thus, (verily, verily) - I am telling you the truth, exactitude - in keeping with) This brings me to the point of this blog post.  In  3rd Nephi 5:8     We enter into the account of Nephi being commanded by the Lord to come forth, and in obedience he arises and comes to the Lord before his people who are watching this unfold; then Nephi bows himself and kisses the Lords feet. The Lord commands him to arise and much to Nephi's hesitancy, due to the holiness and what is coming out of the Lords heart, Nephi stands before Him and the Lord gives unto him power to baptize and then He calls others. "And

The Virgin's Oil

  The 10 Virgins knew about the Bridegroom and had made themselves ready to meet Him. The Virgins had their heart solely devoted to the Bridegroom, they were "pure virgins" in this understanding. They had followed the direction and council of the friend of the Bridegroom in preparation. The Bridegroom had noticed them and had made an offer of a future wedding ketubah with them. They were not surprised in the hour He came, but what 5 of them found they were lacking in was "oil" and so they could not enter in. What is this oil? How did they overlook this one thing? Why, despite all their faithful preparations, did they fail in this one thing? Is oil knowing the all mysteries? Is it being able to quote and expound scriptures in a scholarly way? Is it a certain number of baptisms one accrues in their lifetime? Is it position and status among the Lords people? It is a new name/title? Is it advancing forward with the goal to obtain Zion before everyone else? Is it seeing

The Brackets Have Been Removed

Image While we are in the flesh, we are being added upon by the experience if we allow it to be so. When we were out of this linear time frame and in eternity, we shouted for joy in the hope of coming here; but now here where every moment is counted, our perspective is different. It hurts. It is brutal, It is a battle. There is an eternal scale in the scheme of all things which is given to provide balance. Lehi called it "opposition in all things" thus ascension must begin with descension. The strait path in the lowest level flows up and through to the highest heavens. Darkness and Light Wickedness and Righteousness Despair and Hope Ignorance  and Knowledge Damnation and Salvation Darkest Abyss and Highest  Heaven Sadness and Joy Hate and Love The fallen angel and the Gods To receive the full measure of this mortal experience, or in other be added upon in this estate and to recognize all that is good, Joseph Smith said &qu

Why do we do this?

Do we believe the journey is a race to be won by scriptural knowledge and intellectual parsing of the scriptures rather than, if we think we know more...kneeling to serve and teach through the Spirit of Truth and elevate another so we can all move together? Is Priesthood obtained by how many baptisms we have under our belts and how many angels we claim we have heard and received? Why is another's time of anguish and pain, or a fallen moment funny to us and why do we make fun of the person with others privately? Why do we think it is okay to laugh at the passing of a brother or sister who may have struggled with false spirits, unbelief and discerning the truth but had a pure heart for the poor and afflicted and think we are justified and better because we said "Yes" to the Covenant, and they did not. Why do we consign him to hell while we think we are going to Zion as we stomp on the faces of the poor and afflicted? Why do we mock those who have passed on without taking co

A Precious Family Needs Food and Supplies

 A family of 9 needs help with food. The family is on food-stamps & were supposed to have gotten their food stamps, but they were shut off because of a system error that happened to several other people as well.   The family needs to reapply again and they were told they would have to wait 7 to 10 days before they could get the stamps and food again.  This family needs $500 to last until they receive the food stamps again, any amount will help. If you can help, please send it to their PayPal or Venmo account, please use, Venmo: Brennan Kelsch @bckelsch9 (From the family... “Thank you so much, God bless and we love you.”

Seeds Of Every Kind For the Journey

Where your treasure is,  there   will  your  heart  be  also. RE 3 Nephi 5:36 (Sorry there is a weird link in this post and I don't know how to take it out) We read in 1 Nephi 2:6, an interesting sidenote, detail that Nephi includes in his account just after returning  from Jerusalem un to the tent of their father Lehi ,  bringing with him his brothers and the house of Ishmael. "And it came to pass that we had gathered together all manner of seeds of every kind, both of grain of every kind and also of the seeds of fruits of every kind." Then Nephi recounts a dream Lehi's was given, directly quoting his father in the 1st person, including many details and symbols. There is another reference to fruit. I think this is intriguing.  What does gathering all manner of seeds of grains and seeds of fruits of every kind , have to do with Lehi's vision? Maybe it is just a random thought Nephi is including to remind us to have a physical seed bank and provisions for a future